Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170327 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170327.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

No global corporate court: withdraw plans for a “multilateral investment court” - https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/no-global-corporate-court 317K sigs; more needed #ISDS

From Marrakesh to Brussels: the long arm of the EU #copyright lobby - https://corporateeurope.org/power-lobbies/2017/03/marrakesh-brussels-long-arm-eu-copyright-lobby why do publishers hate blind people so much?

Stop the @ECB subsidising climate disaster - https://corporateeurope.org/economy-finance/2017/03/stop-ecb-subsidising-climate-disaster shortsighted and unacceptable

‘Sightings’ of extinct Tasmanian tiger prompt search in Queensland - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/28/tasmanian-tiger-sighting-search-thylacine-queensland-australia be so great if this were true…

“not possible to overestimate the threat the UK press poses to reaching a deal” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/28/brexit-uk-backing-away-from-threat-to-leave-with-no-deal-say-eu-diplomats #brexit

Apache Software Foundation Announces 18 Years of OS Leadership - https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/the-apache-software-foundation-announces6 how time flies when you’re changing the world

.@edhusicMP on the need for #Copyright Law Reform to support Innovation in #Australia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCpJ5Vg84CM&feature=youtu.be #safeharbour

European parliament will veto #Brexit deal with early cut-off date for free movement - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/28/meps-veto-brexit-early-cut-off-date-european-parliament-freedom-movement this is going so well

“imagine other nations penalising future US goods if they are produced with dirty energy” - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/28/trump-climate-change-executive-order-us-dominance-china we must plan 4 this now

MIT experts urge Trump to take immediate action on cybersecurity - http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-experts-urge-trump-administration-immediate-cybersecurity-action-0328 not weakening #crypto would be a good start

UN criticism of Israel bombing Hezbollah absurd, says Johnson - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/28/un-criticism-of-israel-bombing-hezbollah-is-absurd-says-johnson another pathetic attempt to curry favour with trump

Trump Is About to Gain Full Control Over the US #Copyright Office - http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/03/27/trump-control-us-copyright-office/ so, what’s going to happen here, I wonder…

Police and protesters clash in Paris over death of Chinese man - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/28/police-and-protesters-clash-in-paris-over-death-of-chinese-man “Beijing has summoned a diplomat 4 an explanation”

Seed giant #Monsanto meets its match as Hindu nationalists assert power in Modi’s India - http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/monsanto-india/? important moment #india

The Collapsing Empire is a hilarious tale of humanity’s impending doom - https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/03/the-collapsing-empire-is-rip-roaring-space-opera-with-a-conscience/ clearly a thinly-veiled allegory of #brexit

Commission alarmed by ‘mass killing’ of Aegean seals and turtles -
http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/commission-alarmed-by-mass-killing-of-aegean-seals-and-turtles/ so much for Greek civilisation…


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170326 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170326.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Land rights activist shot dead in Brazilian Amazon hospital - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/brazil-land-rights-activist-shot-dead-amazon-hospital appalling; #brazil must do more to protect them

Claim that MP lied about #Kenya massacre ‘may be in contempt of parliament’ - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/kenya-mau-mau-case-lawyers-contempt-parliament-foreign-office something to hide, UK gov?

“#London is … the antithesis of #Brexit parochialism. It is also the best city in the world.” - http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/london-in-the-age-of-terror-and-brexit-a-1140315.html yup

Lawyers & Academics Warn UK Against Criminalizing File-Sharers - https://torrentfreak.com/lawyers-and-academics-warn-uk-against-criminalizing-file-sharers-170325/ UK gov being totally irresponsible here #copyright

A deadly superbug is silently spreading through UK hospitals - https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2017-03-23/an-antibiotic-resistant-superbug-is-silently-spreading-through-uk-hospitals this is really serious: we must act

France’s top court questions constitutionality of CETA - http://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/frances-top-court-questions-constitutionality-of-ceta/ we still need to stop #CETA

Lawmaker wants discrimination protection for climate deniers - http://mashable.com/2017/03/23/bill-would-protect-climate-deniers-maine/ utterly bonkers

May says she will never allow UK to become ‘looser and weaker’ - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/mar/27/eus-chief-brexit-negotiator-warns-of-distinct-possibility-uk-will-leave-with-no-deal-politics-live seems to think #brexit is some intestinal problem

Scott Pruitt and the “Electricity Rates” Zombie - http://www.citizenvox.org/2017/03/27/scott-pruitt-electricity-rates-zombie/ the old lies keep coming…

Giant gold coin with Queen’s head stolen from Berlin museum - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/27/giant-gold-coin-with-queens-head-stolen-from-berlin-museum “The coin was stolen last night, it’s gone” #awkward

More Financial Scandals Involving Collecting Society: Remind Me Why They Are Credible Representatives Of Artists? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170321/03154736962/more-financial-scandals-involving-collecting-society-remind-me-again-why-they-are-credible-representatives-artists.shtml

Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/27/us-facial-recognition-database-fbi-drivers-licenses-passports “algorithm is wrong ~15% of time”

Why not ban cars, @AmberRudd_MP ? It’d be more effective than banning #encryption - https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/03/westminster-attack-whatsapp-encryption/ yup, but she’s not into facts

Jing-Jin-Ji: China Planning Megalopolis the Size of New England - http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/jing-jin-ji-china-planning-megalopolis-size-new-england-n734736 let’s hope they get the pollution problem sorted

Sunday, 26 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170325 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170325.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/26/observer-editorial-triggering-of-article-50-jeopardises-60-years-of-unparalleled-peace rightly angry #brexit editorial


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170324 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170324.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Trump blames Democrats 4 stunning failure to repeal Obamacare - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/24/republican-healthcare-plan-bill-vote-pulled-obamacare-trump you don’t get more absurd - or desperate - than that

‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat #globalwarming - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/23/moores-law-carbon-would-defeat-global-warming we can do this; we must do this. but will we? #renewables

Clegg tells EU march there is a ‘perpetual sense of anger’ over Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/25/nick-clegg-tells-eu-march-there-is-a-perpetual-sense-of-anger-over-brexit “Terrorism won’t divide us but Brexit will”

#Brexit talks will fail without compromise: Barroso - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/25/brexit-talks-will-fail-without-compromise-jose-manu… failure is precisely what hard #brexit nutters want

Taunting Trump: How the Campaign to ‘Not Normalize’ Donald Is Driving Him Crazy - http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/taunting-trump-how-campaign-not-normalize-donald-driving-him-crazy keep up the pressure…

Saturday, 25 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170323 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170323.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Australian Govt.: Just Kidding On That Whole Safe Harbors Reform Thing, Guys - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170323/10013236991/australian-govt-just-kidding-that-whole-safe-harbors-reform-thing-guys.shtml haha, very funny #copyright

A river of rubbish: the ugly secret threatening #China's most beautiful city - https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/24/river-rubbish-ugly-secret-china-beautiful-guilin really regrettable

“The JustGiving page for the family of PC Palmer has raised more than £500,000 in the first 24 hours.” - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keith-palmer good to see

Inside eLife: Authors can now submit a #preprint to bioRxiv while submitting to eLife - https://elifesciences.org/elife-news/inside-elife-authors-can-now-submit-a-preprint-to-biorxiv-while-submitting-to-elife great move #oa

Transcanada drops Keystone XL NAFTA lawsuit one hour after trump approves pipeline project - http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/transcanada-drops-keystone-xl-nafta-lawsuit-one-hour-after-trump-approves #ISDS bullying

Opposition Against EU Link Tax Gets Big Ally From Spain - http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-24/opposition-against-link-tax-gets-big-ally-spain the link tax just doesn’t work: kudos to @elpais_opinion

Cadbury says chocolate could get smaller after Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/24/cadbury-warns-chocolate-could-get-smaller-after-brexit conclusive proof that #brexit will be a disaster…

Singapore will ratify Trans-Pacific Partnership: PM Lee - https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-will-ratify-trans-pacific-partnership-pm-lee-090115032.html well, that’s pretty pointless… #TPP

Friday, 24 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170322 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170322.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“British security officials say the UK’s strict gun control laws have been key to preventing such attacks in the UK” https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/23/crude-nature-of-attack-suggests-lack-of-isis-network-in-britain

Ranking Digital Rights 2017 Corporate Accountability - https://rankingdigitalrights.org/ “policies that affect users’ freedom of expression & privacy”

Stop the Killing of #Slovenia's Wolves - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/204/949/767/ “killing of 10 wolves out of a total estimated population of less than 50”

Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor For Google, Facebook, etc - https://torrentfreak.com/australia-shelves-copyright-safe-harbor-for-google-facebook-et-al-170323/ #copyright industry still throttling innovation

Alabama Legislature May Give Fundamentalist Church Its Own Police Force: What Could Go Wrong? - http://www.alternet.org/belief/alabama-megachurch-hires-its-own-cops what inded…?

.@pepsi , @McDonalds, @Nestle Implicated in Illegal Destruction of Critical Elephant Habitat - http://www.alternet.org/environment/pepsi-mcdonalds-nestle-other-major-brands-implicated-illegal-destruction-critical maybe boycott needed

far right wants to exploit attack. London won’t let it - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/23/far-right-exploit-westminster-attack-london-wont-let-it “rich texture that rejects simplistic incendiary rhetoric”

eBook Pirates Tend To Be Older And Well Off, Which Means They Pirate Because Of Human Intuition On Economics - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170316/12401436934/ebook-pirates-tend-to-be-older-well-off-which-means-they-pirate-because-human-intuition-economics.shtml

Anti-immigration politicians link London attack to migrant policy - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/23/anti-immigrant-politicians-link-london-attack-migrant-policy confirming they are opportunistic & stupid

EU poised 4 total ban on bee-harming pesticides - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/23/europe-poised-for-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides great; will UK keep it post-#brexit, or throw out as “green tape”

Defending strong tobacco packaging and labelling regulations in #Uruguay - https://escholarship.org/uc/item/07n9m5wn

Defensa de las estrictas reglamentaciones sobre empaquetado y etiquetado del tabaco aplicadas por #Uruguay - https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8nh5n6ds#page-1

The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump - https://www.wired.com/2017/03/tom-steyer-interview/ let’s hope he succeeds…

Rendition: government evidence to be heard in secret in UK for first time - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/23/rendition-government-evidence-heard-secret-uk-first-time simply unacceptable

Thursday, 23 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170321 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170321.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Unpaywall: The Browser Add-on That Finds (Legal) Free Copies Of Academic Papers You See As You Browse The Web - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170319/02251236949/unpaywall-browser-add-on-that-finds-legal-free-copies-academic-papers-you-see-as-you-browse-web.shtml

Stop the World’s Biggest #Whale Slaughter - https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/norway_save_the_whales_loc/ #norway sounds a wonderful place - except for this…

King Battistelli’s swish penthouse office Euro Patent Office doesn’t want you to see - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/22/patent_office_battistellis_penthouse/ “His 6 personal bodyguards”

The true picture of the German Energiewende - http://www.euractiv.com/section/electricity/opinion/the-true-picture-of-the-german-energiewende/ this is very disappointing, #germany - please fix it #renewables

Leaked Text: Is EU Tempted By Too Many Safeguards Limiting The Scope Of Blind Treaty? - https://www.ip-watch.org/2017/03/21/leaked-text-eu-tempted-many-safeguards-limiting-scope-blind-treaty/ #marrakesh #copyright

#Armenia’s rising tech scene: The new Silicon Valley of former Soviet Union - https://thenextweb.com/asia/2017/03/17/armenias-rising-tech-scene-new-silicon-valley-former-soviet-union/#.tnw_LBCO8eb7 I’ve often thought this might happen

UK-based airlines told to move to EU after Brexit or lose major routes - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/22/uk-based-airlines-told-to-move-to-europe-after-brexit-or-lose-major-routes #brexit will destroy UK airline industry

UK must retain link with European Court of Justice, say MPs - https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/mar/22/uk-must-retain-link-with-european-court-of-justice-say-mps “Conservative-dominated select committee has urged.”

Try and make it through this deeply frustrating video without screaming - http://mashable.com/2017/03/22/worlds-least-satisfying-video/ funny and quite deep in a way…

From bad to worse: the del Castillo Report on the European Electronic Communication Code - https://www.laquadrature.net/en/telecom-package-del-castillo-report

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170320 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170320.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’ - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/21/record-breaking-climate-change-world-uncharted-territory yet Murica is run by deep-dyed denialists

Paris Accord Could Make the World $19 Trillion Richer - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-20/paris-climate-accord-could-make-the-world-19-trillion-richer perhaps dosh will get the denialists’ attention (v @aral

Three UK’s mobile customers new data breach - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/20/three-mobile-possible-data-breach-data-usage-call-history NB: these cos. will hold your entire Web history for a year #ICR

Tell Your MEP to Stand Up and Save the Link - https://act1.openmedia.org/savethelink also, please ask for Article 13 to be deleted

Eli Lilly Loses Quixotic Quest To Get Canada To Pay $500 Million For Rejecting Its Bad Patents - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170320/17013336957/eli-lilly-loses-quixotic-quest-to-get-canada-to-pay-500-million-rejecting-bad-patents.shtml #ISDS wastes money

Patients Ask Government of Chile to End Monopoly Prices on Prostate Cancer & Hepatitis C Drugs - http://keionline.org/node/2748 patents kill

Met police accused of using hackers to access protesters’ emails - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/21/ipcc-investigates-claims-police-used-hackers-to-read-protesters-emails-jenny-jones the Met being evil again

US electronics ban for Middle East flights endangers passengers - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/electronics-ban-middle-east-flights-safety-hazards-airline-profit “could create fire risk that has downed airplanes”

Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/21/us-electronic-devices-ban-flights-tsa-airports "bomb would work just as well in the cargo hold.”

UK gov says electronics ban is for “safety” - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/uk-set-to-ban-laptops-on-flights-from-middle-east-countries simply not true; & applies to BA, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch & others

“transport secretary said the UK had been in close touch with the US to understand their approach”: which they apply without understanding?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170319 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170319.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Atlantic City and Miami Beach: two takes on tackling rising waters - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/20/atlantic-city-miami-beach-sea-level-rise perhaps they should talk with trump #climate

‘More Than Half Brits Want To Know #Brexit Impact’ - http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/survey-brexit-impact silly billies: don’t they know that’s not allowed?

JURI rapporteur proposes to fix most egregious flaws of the #copyright reform proposal - http://www.communia-association.org/2017/03/20/lead-mep-proposes-fixes-egregious-flaws-copyright-reform-proposal/ but Article 13 must go

This Won’t Be Abused At All: Google Offers Tool To Flag And Downrank ‘Offensive’ Search Results - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170316/18100036936/this-wont-be-abused-all-google-offers-tool-to-flag-downrank-offensive-search-results.shtml

Amazon land battle pits indigenous villagers against Ecuador gov - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/19/ecuador-indigenous-shuar-el-tink-mining-land-dispute & against yet another despoiling #chinese company

Former CIA Director Blame Millennials Lack Of Loyalty For All The Government Leaks - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170313/10040236907/former-cia-director-blame-millennials-lack-loyalty-all-government-leaks.shtml er, what?

Monday, 20 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170318 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170318.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Ex-UK ambassador calls White House wiretap claims ‘gratuitously damaging’ - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/19/white-house-trump-wiretap-uk-ambassador-peter-westmacott “could damage close ties”

“people in Wales are going to start saying, well, the government is listening to Scots, we need to be like them” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/19/theresa-may-warned-of-looming-battle-over-devolution

“some free-market zealots believe 1 of big advantages of #Brexit is it will lead to a bonfire of EU regulations” - https://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2017/mar/19/brexit-britain-talking-trade-deal-eu-wrong-talking-point

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170317 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170317.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Record numbers of EU nurses quit #NHS - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/18/nhs-eu-nurses-quit-record-numbers 92% drop in registrations; #WellDoneBrexiters, good job you never get ill

Eurosceptic Tory junior minister: "The sense of nationhood in Edinburgh is palpable.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/18/nicola-sturgeon-theresa-may-independence-voters-referendum-snp #indyref2

Oops, He Did It Again: Donald Trump Just Can’t Stop Himself from Blurting Out State Secrets - http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/oops-he-did-it-again-donald-trump-just-cant-stop-himself-blurting-out-state-secrets

Peer Into Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance - https://www.wired.com/2017/03/peer-post-apocalyptic-future-antimicrobial-resistance/ why factory farming will kill hundreds of millions

Saturday, 18 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170316 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.de/2017/03/170316.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

We are four nations, but at heart we are one people” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/16/scottish-independence-may-uk-sturgeon-referendum apart from 16 million who voted remain, still totally ignored

Bill Gates And Other Major Investors Put $52.6 Million Into Site Sharing Unauthorized Copies Of Academic Papers - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170306/09583336853/bill-gates-other-major-investors-put-526-million-into-site-sharing-unauthorized-copies-academic-papers.shtml

Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/17/sami-dakota-access-pipeline-norway-pension-fund-divest fab news from multiple viewpoints #DAPL

Pakistan asks Facebook and Twitter to help identify blasphemers - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/17/pakistan-asks-facebook-twitter-help-identify-blasphemers “blasphemers”…what century are we in?

Japanese government liable for negligence in Fukushima disaster - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/17/japanese-government-liable-negligence-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-disaster good ruling

UK, Overhaul Your Zoo Licensing and Monitoring Systems - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/243/644/061/ currently a disgrace

“Blair stressed he was not forming the embryo of a new party in the UK” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/17/tony-blair-launches-pushback-against-frightening-populism yeah, right

EU sources: May must mention UK’s financial settlement in article 50 notice - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/17/eu-sources-may-must-mention-uk-financial-settlement-in-article-50-notice oh, this is going so well…

Deadly flooding in Peru sparks criticism over climate change preparedness - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/17/peru-floods-ocean-climate-change this will become a common headline

Friday, 17 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170315 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170315.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Stop UK supermarkets from destroying edible food - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/304/988/669/stop-uk-supermarkets-from-destroying-edible-food/ this is just crazy; we must follow france’s example here

Closing the net: The EU must step up enforcement of seafood import controls - http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/opinion/closing-the-net-the-eu-must-step-up-enforcement-of-seafood-import-controls/ urgent

Google DeepMind and healthcare in an age of algorithms - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12553-017-0179-1 “issues of privacy and power emerging as potent challenges”

Thursday, 16 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170314 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170314.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

European media ‘deeply regrets’ EU plans to ditch search engine payouts - http://www.euractiv.com/section/media4eu/news/european-media-deeply-regrets-eu-plans-to-ditch-search-engine-payouts/ more whining from greedy publishers

How a 94-Year-Old Genius May Save the Planet - http://www.alternet.org/environment/how-94-year-old-genius-may-save-planet let’s hope so…

“We’re looking for a Chief Information Security Officer.” - https://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2017/03/14/the-university-is-hiring/ “protecting Cambridge from online bad actors”

Grab them by the patent: The Trump family’s history of patent enforcement - https://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2017/03/macrosolve-donald-trump-jr-patents/ #patenttrolls to flourish under trump

“If you are saying you want #indyref2 'cos of Brexit, you have to know what the arrangement is" - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/15/scottish-independence-may-set-to-refuse-referendum-until-after-brexit like #brexit vote

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170313 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170313.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

‘I am not afraid’: the Delhi student facing death threats for taking on #India's right wing - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/14/gurmehar-kauer-delhi-university-student-death-threats-right-wing brave woman

England and Wales has highest imprisonment rate in western Europe - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/14/england-and-wales-has-highest-imprisonment-rate-in-western-europe tories want to turn EW into 51st state of US

vzbv-Untersuchung zeigt weltweiten Handlungsbedarf zum Schutz digitaler Verbraucherrechte - http://www.vzbv.de/pressemitteilung/verbrauchervertrauen-die-digitale-welt-staerken

Commission grants industry additional year to propose alcohol labelling information - http://www.euractiv.com/section/alcohol/news/commission-grants-industry-additional-year-to-propose-alcohol-labelling-information/ @EU_Commission bottle it again

‘Lots of nurses have already left’: EU workers head for exit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/14/lots-of-nurses-have-already-left-eu-workers-head-for-exit what an utter disaster #WellDoneBrexiters

Monumental success for Europe’s farmed #rabbits - https://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2017/03/monumental-success-for-europes-farmed-rabbits now the @EU_Commission must act swiftly

Social Media in Rural #China - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/social-media-in-rural-china looks fascinating; kudos for free #PDF download of entire text

#May expected to tour UK in effort to forge Brexit consensus - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/14/theresa-may-tour-the-uk-eu-effort-to-forge-brexit-consensus pity she still ignores 16 million who voted to stay

No global #ISDS court for corporations - https://corporateeurope.org/international-trade/2017/03/no-global-isds-court-corporations shows EU has learned nothing from public resistance to #CETA and #TTIP

Building Greenland’s new data infrastructure as free software - http://blogs.fsfe.org/agger/2017/03/14/building-greenlands-data-infrastructure-as-free-software/

Scientists to EPA head: You don’t know what you’re talking about - https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/scientists-to-epa-head-you-dont-know-what-youre-talking-about/ so just shut it

Three solar thermal plants in Chile could generate electricity 24 hours a day - https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/plans-for-a-24-hour-solar-thermal-plant-earn-environmental-approval-in-chile/ very, er, cool…

Lawsuit: Greedy drug maker purposefully flooded black market with opioids - https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/lawsuit-greedy-drug-maker-purposefully-flooded-black-market-with-opioids/ staggering if confirmed

Canadian church group denied entry to US over fears they would ‘steal’ jobs - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/14/canada-church-volunteers-denied-entry-us-hurricane-sandy yeah, can’t be too careful these days

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 170312 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/03/170312.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Zoos are prisons 4 animals – no one needs to see a depressed penguin in the flesh - https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2017/mar/13/zoos-are-prisons-for-animals-no-one-needs-to-see-a-depressed-penguin-in-the-flesh close them, unless 4 breeding

Trump and Brexit hurt Hungary, says liberal presidential candidate - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/13/trump-brexit-damaged-democracy-hungary-presidential-candidate-laszlo-majteny #WellDoneBrexiters, spreading hatred & bigotry

UK Teenager Jailed For 5 Years For Downloading One Movie - https://torrentfreak.com/futureshock-uk-teenager-jailed-for-5-years-for-downloading-one-movie-170312/ nicely done; #digitaleconomyact must be fixed

3D Size Comparison of Everything in Universe is Awe-Inspiring - http://sploid.gizmodo.com/3d-size-comparison-of-everything-in-the-universe-is-awe-1793199716 puts everything in context - literally. #uplifting

Filmmakers Take #NL State to Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue - https://torrentfreak.com/filmmakers-take-dutch-state-court-lost-piracy-revenue-170309/ the sense of entitlement of these people has no bounds

EU Questionnaire on options for “reform” of #ISDS - http://trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/index.cfm?consul_id=233 totally biased, but worth filling in; takes about 10’ online

FWIW here is a copy of my answers to the EU biased consultation on re-branding #ISDS - https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/pdf/answer/e9df4d4c-0682-4aa5-ad99-2ddaad47d164/

No global corporate court - https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/no-global-corporate-court epetition to stop supra-national, anti-democratic #ISDS tribunals

TiSA at a stalemate - Risks to regulations in the public interest remain - http://www.akeuropa.eu/en/tisa-at-a-stalemate-risks-to-regulations-in-the-public-interest-remain.html #TISA is not dead - don’t relax

Civil society urges EU institutions to stop the “censorship machine” in #copyright proposal - https://edri.org/civil-society-urges-eu-institutions-to-stop-the-censorship-machine-in-the-copyright-proposal/ upload filters must go

.@remediationmag - http://www.remediationmagazine.co.uk/ “technologies and techniques for use in reversing or stopping environmental damage”; interesting

Move Over, Series Of Tubes, The Internet Is Now A Bridge Over A Creek For A Dozen People? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170311/00533736893/move-over-series-tubes-internet-is-now-bridge-over-creek-dozen-people.shtml er, nope

#KORUS Negotiation Documents (Preamble for Investors): Disclosed by Supreme Court Order - https://occupyfta.blogspot.nl/2017/03/korus-negotiation-documents-preamble.html “reveal US unilateralism”

Texas lawmaker ridicules anti-abortion measures by filing anti-masturbation bill - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/13/texas-masturbation-bill-abortion-jessica-farrar nicely done…

Theresa May unlikely to trigger article 50 before end of March - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/13/theresa-may-unlikely-to-trigger-article-50-before-end-of-march she’s clearly no longer in control of process

“Brussels insiders would not expect #Scotland to encounter serious problems if it wanted to join the EU” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/13/independent-scotland-would-have-to-apply-to-join-eu-commission-says #brexit

UK projects ‘at risk’ if PM demands £9bn refund from EU after #Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/13/uk-projects-at-risk-if-pm-theresa-may-demands-9bn-refund-eu-after-brexit well, obvs: does May seriously doubt it?

“The risk is that public opinion turns against #Brexit, lending support for … another referendum” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/13/brexit-talks-theresa-may-fitch-eu-scottish-independence hope, not risk

Extra Digit Accidentally Typed By Officer Turns UK Man Into A Pedophile - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170313/08105936905/extra-digit-accidentally-typed-officer-turns-uk-man-into-pedophile.shtml hugely important case

Facebook and Instagram ban developers from using data for #surveillance - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/13/facebook-instagram-surveillance-privacy-data I’m sure this will be rigorously obeyed

MPs vote down Lords amendments on #Brexit vote and EU citizens’ rights - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/13/brexit-vote-article-50-eu-citizens-rights-lords-mps shame on all those who voted against

Monday, 13 March 2017


Scarlett Johansson Just Ruthlessly Roasted Ivanka Trump In This SNL Sketch - http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/12/snl-just-ruthlessly-roasted-ivanka-trump-parody-perfume-ad/ nicely done

MPs slam Theresa May over lack of a plan if Brexit talks collapse - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/11/brexit-trigger-article-50-theresa tl;dr - tories insanely reckless, labour a joke

British democracy at risk from Russian hackers, says GCHQ - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/12/british-democracy-at-risk-from-russian-hackers-says-gchq at far greater risk from hard #brexiters’ intransigence

Davis: MPs must choose between May’s deal and crashing out of EU - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/12/davis-mps-must-choose-between-mays-deal-and-crashing-out-of-eu so, blackmail, in other words?

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/12/slavery-sicily-farming-raped-beaten-exploited-romanian-women appalling: #italy's shame

"what this is really about is us deliberately – not the prime minister, but others – ensuring we have no deal” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/12/davis-mps-must-choose-between-mays-deal-and-crashing-out-of-eu